Eddie Howe is currently looking for January reinforcements, and it has been reported that Newcastle United now want to sign French forward Marcus Thuram.
That is according to the Sun, who claim that the Magpies are one of four Premier League clubs interested in the 25-year-old heading into the winter transfer window. The other clubs mentioned who could make a bid are Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur.
Those three clubs sum up the quality Thuram possesses, and he is a wanted man heading into January. He has been enjoying an incredible season in Germany, while his contract situation also makes him very desirable.
Thuram’s contract with Borussia Monchengladbach expires in the summer of 2023, meaning he will soon be able to agree a free transfer for next summer. Alternatively, it is the last chance for Monchengladbach to get some money for him. That means he should be available for a cut price fee in January.
That could suit Newcastle, who are still trying to wrestle with possible financial fair play limitations. And Sporting Director Dan Ashworth could have the chance to check out Thuram over the coming weeks.
Newcastle want to sign Thuram as forward heads to the World Cup
France are the defending World Cup champions, and are currently in Qatar hoping to hold onto their crown. And Thuram is a member of Didier Deschamps’ squad.
He wasn’t in the initial squad, however. Thuram has been added to the France team, becoming the 26th man after Deschamps initially only named a 25-man squad. It’s back to 25 now though after Karim Benzema was ruled out.
Thuram has been called up thanks to his sensational form in Germany. He has made 17 appearances in all competitions, scoring 13 times and providing four assists. 10 of his goals have came in the Bundesliga, where Monchengladbach are currently eighth in the table.
It is proving to be a sensational season for the son of France legend Lilian Thuram. He’s even scored more goals than Miguel Almiron, who has got eight in Toon colours.
He can play through the middle or out wide, which likely makes him appealing for Howe. That kind of versatility is what the Toon boss wants in attack, as he looks for players who can propel his side into Europe.
Someone like Thuram ticks a lot of boxes, and he could be one to watch when the January transfer window opens.